LAS VEGAS—Harvey Nudelman, influential leader in the textile industry for more than 50 years, passed away on Friday, Oct. 18, in Las Vegas, Nev., after a short illness. He was 74.
Nudelman most recently served as president of Fabricut Inc., overseeing the sales for its hospitality divisions, Fabricut Contract and S. Harris Contract.
Born in Chicago, Ill., on Dec. 26, 1938, Nudelman attended Michigan State University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management School and graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business.
He began his textile career in Chicago in 1961 as a salesman for Tempo Fabrics and later was the owner/partner of Westport Fabrics in Kansas City. In 1968, he moved to California and joined Fabricut Inc., as VP of sales focusing on residential and hospitality sales. Nudelman was then promoted to president of Fabricut Inc., in 1979, and shortly after moved to Fabricut’s corporate headquarters in Tulsa, OK. From 1980-2004, he worked alongside the Finer and Guterman families helping to steer the company through significant growth, acquisitions, and industry challenges and opportunities. In 2004, Harvey and his wife, Laura, moved to Las Vegas from where he worked and traveled. He maintained offices in both Las Vegas and Tulsa, and specialized in hospitality sales until the time of his death.
Throughout his 45 years with Fabricut Inc., Nudelman served as a mentor to many current industry leaders and associates. He was an active member of Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) since its inception as a corporate sponsor, scholarship advocate and contributor. He also helped jump start NEWH’s School from the Heart campaign to raise money for UNICEF’s School-in-a-Box program. In 2011, NEWH honored Nudelman with the Icon of the Industry award, which celebrates leaders in hospitality and individuals who uniquely impacted the industry through their innovative work and industry outreach through education and corporate giving.
Nudelman supported the American Cancer Society where he served on the advisory board of their Nevada chapter. He also served on the advisory board for the HD Las Vegas and Boutique trade shows and the NIAB board.
Nudleman is survived by his wife Laura; son Ken and his wife Karla; daughter Jennifer and her husband Jonathan; grandson Ozzy; and beloved canine Carmine.
“Harvey was truly a legend in our industry,” David Finer, CEO of Fabricut Inc., said in a statement. “I have never seen a more effective leader with the ability to communicate and connect with people. He was unparalleled. Harvey will be missed not only by our company but also the industry as a whole.”
A service of remembrance will take place at Congregation B’nai Emunah (1719 S. Owasso Avenue, Tulsa, Okla.) on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
The Nudelman family has asked that charitable donations be made in Harvey’s name to:
American Cancer Society
1325 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119 (702) 798-6877
Heaven Can Wait Society
546 North Eastern Avenue, Suite 175
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101